Firebreak Notice and Bushfire Information 2020-21

Important Dates

  • Install Firebreaks by 30 November 2020
  • Spring/Summer Restricted Burning Period - 9 November 2020 - 22 December 2020
  • Prohibited Burning Period - 23 December 2020 - 14 March 2021
  • Autumn Restricted Burning Period - 15 March 2021 - 12 May 2021

Note: Restricted and Prohibited Burning Period dates are subject to change. Please check the Shire website to confirm dates prior to undertaking any burning. 

Are you bushfire ready?

The annual Firebreak Notice is sent to all land owners and sets out the requirements for property preparedness to assist in the control of fires and reduce the risk of fire to the community.

All required works must be completed prior to 1 December each year and maintained up to and including 12 May the following year.

Important new requirements - FAQs

The required minimum width of firebreaks has been increased from 2 metres to 3 metres for some properties in the Shire.

The change is needed to comply with Department of Fire and Emergency Services recommendations and best practice guidelines, and to ensure alignment with other local governments in Western Australia. It will also ensure that firebreaks are wide enough to accommodate a standard fire appliance.

Read this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) information sheet regarding the change to property firebreak requirements.

If you have any concerns regarding how the increased firebreak width may impact you, believe you may need to apply for a variation, or would like further information, please contact the Shire Rangers on 9780 5695, or email [email protected]

Variations to the Firebreak Notice

A Variation to the Firebreak Notice may be sought if one or more of the requirements of the Notice are unable to be met. This may be due to a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • risk of soil erosion
  • topography or composition of the land
  • natural obstructions
  • environmental considerations 

All applications must be made by the property owner or person authorised to act upon the owners behalf and must be submitted to the Shire by 16 November. An application form is available here. For further information regarding Variations, please contact Shire Rangers on 9780 5695.

Burning of Garden Refuse

You may burn one small heap of up to one (1) cubic metre of garden refuse during the Spring/Summer Restricted Burning Period, from 9 November to 22 December, between the the hours of 6:00pm to 11:00pm, without a permit. 

A permit is required to burn garden refuse during the Autumn Restricted Burning Period from 15 March to 12 May. 

Your green FOGO bin is emptied weekly and is a great way to regularly dispose of garden waste.

Campfires, BBQs & Pizza Ovens

Campfires are NOT permitted at any time during the PROHIBITED Burning Period from 23 December to 14 March

Note: Restricted and Prohibited Burning Period dates are subject to change. Please check the Shire website to confirm dates prior to undertaking any burning. 

During the Restricted Burning Periods (9 November to 22 December & 15 March to 12 May) please observe the following requirements in relation to campfires and the use of wood and solid fuel BBQs and wood fired pizza ovens.

Please Note: Campfires are NOT permitted on public land unless purpose built campfire pits have been provided by the owner of the land and permission to use them has been given (during Restricted Period only).

Fire Danger Rating

For the current fire danger rating visit Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) website www.emergency.wa.gov.au or Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website www.bom.gov.au

Further Information 

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Contact the Shire

Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
9am-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512

Augusta

66 Allnut Terrace
Tues, Wed, Thurs
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255

Emergencies

For contact details for fire, police, bushfire brigades, hospitals, storm damage, power outages, etc please see the emergency contact page

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Change of details form

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